Team

+ Keith H. Cole - CEO and Founder of Water Lens

Keith is responsible for the overall management and growth of the company. Keith has grown, turned around, and started companies across different industries. During the recent Great Recession and Offshore Drilling Moratorium, he led the turnaround efforts for Delcor USA, Inc., an offshore fabricator of subsea production modules and topside buildings for the deep water oil and gas industry.

Keith earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin in 1988. He also obtained his law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1993 and was a member of the International Lawyer Law Review.

Keith is very active in the Alumni Association for The University of Texas, where he is a former President of the Houston Alumni Chapter and a current member of the Texas Exes Council in Austin, Texas. Keith also serves on the Government Relations Advisory Council for the UT Health Science Center at Houston (now UTHealth) and chairs the Texas Exes Public Affairs Committee.


+ Adam Garland - Chief Science Officer

Adam has overall responsiblity for the research and development of all of Water Lens' chemistry and software. Adam joined the Water Lens team in July 2014 after finishing his PhD in Organic Chemistry under Dr. Eric Anslyn at The University of Texas. His research has been multidisciplinary, spanning not only organic chemistry, but analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and biophysics. His Ph.D thesis contains work on protein binding, organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, and surface chemistry. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2009.


+ Tyler West - Lab Manager

Tyler joined the Water Lens team in May 2013 after finishing his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas. Tyler has worked in multiple fields of chemistry, from total synthesis to advanced spectroscopy and materials for solar energy. His skills and interests have largely been focused around analysis by traditional methods and modern instrumentation, from small organic molecules in natural product synthesis and food chemistry, and polymer materials and inorganics for solar energy.


+ Tom Burghart - VP Business Development

Tom joined the Water Lens team in August 2016 to assist with the company's business development efforts. Tom has over 25 years of experience in downstream petrochemical and upstream oilfield markets, focused on technical sales and marketing of equipment, surfactants, specialty chemicals, oilfield chemical intermediates, and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technologies and services. Tom received his B. S. in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and has been working with multiple operators and oilfield service companies to perform live demonstrations and begin lab and field trials of the Water Lens system.


+ Wade Trimble - Director of Sales

Wade has spent nearly 10 years in the oil and gas industry as a salesman focused on specialty and production chemicals. He has worked for companies such as Champion Technologies, Cetco Energy Services, and Clariant Oil Services. He has a broad range of experience including onshore applications along the gulf coast of the United States, as well as offshore applications on the shelf and in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Wade also has experience with high volume water filtration, using a variety of filtration media to remove oil, hydrocarbons, heavy metals, solids, toxic materials and other contaminants from oilfield waters.